Let me just say that what happened yesterday, on October 2,
was absolutely amazing. 585 student radio stations in 29 countries came
together and celebrated the medium of college radio on College Radio Day. And
our voices were heard. All around the world people listened to us and liked what
we broadcast to them.
The 24-Hour Global Marathon took us into unprecedented territory.
Like many of you I could not tear myself away from listening to the web-stream
of student radio stations as it went across the globe from country to country.
It was genuinely difficult to force myself to get some sleep before October 2nd
came as we started the marathon on Monday evening. Words cannot express the
sheer glee and excitement that the marathon evoked. I was PROUD of the stations
that I heard around the world. I felt a sense of unity that I have never felt
before. It was a spine-tingling
experience! We must all thank the Italians for organizing the global marathon
and for pulling it off so successfully. Bravo Italia and Unicaradio!
Where do we go from here? I can tell you this. Student radio
organizations from many different countries around the world are talking to each
other in a way that has never happened before. We made history yesterday, and
we want to do it again. We know that next year will be even bigger and better,
and that’s just the start. Yesterday we also released the inaugural College Radio
Day Album. I think we should do an International Album next year. Let’s invite and
celebrate music from the whole world!
Yesterday I heard student radio across America and the rest
of the world that reflected our passion and love for a medium that creates
unique programming and plays new music like nothing else. We spoke in many different
languages, but what we all said was similar: that student radio is vitally
important, that it should be recognized and celebrated and, most importantly, student
radio is truly the voice of the students across world.
More than ever,
Long live college radio!
Founder, College Radio Day